Energy

Shale-drilling/hydraulic fracturing landscape https://www.flickr.com/photos/sfupamr/14601885300
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Carlsbad desalination plant

Stakeholder involvement and infrastructure decision tradeoffs

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Policymakers typically seek to account for tradeoffs in infrastructure decision-making with technical tools like multicriteria decision-analysis, life cycle assessment, and large-scale ecological models. However, while much attention is paid to mechanistic connections between interrelated infrastructure (e.g., effects on streamflow, water temperature, or agricultural runoff), the complex dependencies between water, energy, and food infrastructure pose political and social tradeoffs that extend far beyond engineering considerations.

High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Advocacy

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Marginalized individuals are less likely to participate or have their interests represented in political processes than historically privileged individuals. Interest groups are considered the best means to address this gap, but there is little research on the role of interest groups in mobilizing people to directly participate in political processes, particularly in marginalized communities.

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811 "Call before you dig!"

Environmental and Safety Performance of Natural Gas Utilities

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The performance of energy service providers has important environmental and safety consequences in local communities. Oil and gas pipeline leaks are the responsibility of a wide range of stakeholders including utilities, the public, construction firms and state safety program personnel. As a result, in the United State, state pipeline safety programs focus heavily on public education, outreach, and stakeholder participation so as to reduce the occurrence of these events.